Lockheed Martin has recently completed 100,000 miles of US government testing in less than a year with its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle competitor.
A total of 22 vehicles were provided to the US Army and Marine Corps in August 2013 for engineering and manufacturing development and reliability, availability and maintainability testing. The latter involves a mixture of primary and secondary road testing, plus rigorous off-road/trail driving.
Since the JLTV programme got under way in 2007, Lockheed Martin’s trials vehicles have covered more than a quarter of a million miles overall.
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control is one of three companies chasing a potentially massive contract to provide US forces with a ‘Humvee’ replacement. Requirements currently stand at about 55,000 vehicles. The Lockheed Martin JLTV faces competition from the Oshkosh L-ATV and AM General BRV-O.
The JLTV has been engineered to offer the kind of protection levels currently afforded by MRAP vehicles in a much smaller and more agile vehicle.
At the same time, the vehicle is designed to be considerably more reliable than its predecessor. A Meritor Pro-Tec all-independent air-ride suspension provides exceptional agility and off-road capability, while the trusted combination of Cummins turbodiesel and Allison transmission generates abundant power with low fuel-burn.
Other considerations for the JLTV are the provision of power generation with a substantial margin for future growth, and a high degree of connectivity with other platforms.